American Political Prisoners: Prosecutions under the Espionage and Sedition Acts

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Chapter 13
State Anti-Sedition and Criminal Syndicalism Prisoners
The following is a list of persons incarcerated for at least one year under various state criminal syndicalism, anti-anarchy or other sedition laws.
CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL SYNDICALISM ACT PRISONERS
J. C. Allen, from Eureka, received a three-year prison sentence for having an IWW membership card and served in San Quentin from April 27, 1924, until his term expired.1
Louis Allen, an IWW member from Los Angeles, received a one- to fourteen-year prison sentence and served in Folsom from December 1921 to September 11, 1925. At Folsom guards placed a blanket over Allen's head and beat him until he became "insensible."2
A. E. Anderson received a four-year prison sentence for giving testimony in court on behalf of a fellow member of the IWW and served in San Quentin from September 20, 1923, to 1926. (See also the entry for J. A. Casdorf.)3
Charles Andrews, an IWW member from Los Angeles, received a three- year prison sentence, which he served in San Quentin.4
Frank Bailey, an IWW member from Sacramento, received a four-year prison sentence, which he served in San Quentin from March 1923 until his term expired.5
William Baker, an IWW member from Los Angeles, received a one- to fourteen-year prison sentence, which he served in San Quentin from December 1921 to March 11, 1925.6
Fred Bamman, an IWW member from Portola, received a four-year

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I- Background to the Sedition Laws and Their Use During the World War I Era 5
  • Notes 22
  • Chapter 2- The Selective Service Act 27
  • Notes 29
  • Part II- Inside Golgotha: The Prison Experience of the World War I Sedition Act Inmates 31
  • Notes 37
  • Chapter 4- Prison Discipline 39
  • Chapter 5- A Transfer to St. Elizabeth's Hospital For the Insane 45
  • Note 48
  • Chapter 6- A Death 49
  • Notes 53
  • Chapter 7- The Most Indolent Man At Leavenworth 55
  • Note 58
  • Chapter 8- Military Justice 59
  • Notes 62
  • Chapter 9- Isolation 63
  • Notes 68
  • Chapter 10- Relief from the Psychopathic Ward 69
  • Note 73
  • Chapter 11- Release 75
  • Part III- The Prisoners 81
  • Notes 141
  • Chapter 13- State Anti-Sedition and Criminal Syndicalism Prisoners 157
  • Chapter 14- Political Prisoners Who Died While Incarcerated in Federal, Military And State Prisons 183
  • Notes 189
  • Chapter 15- Conclusion 191
  • Notes 192
  • Notes 193
  • Index 205
  • About the Author 217
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